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Green light given for North-South inter-connector

THE Infrastructure Minister, Nichola Mallon has confirmed that she has granted full planning permission for the North South Electricity Interconnector which will create a 400kv overhead electricity line which will go through parts of Tyrone near Moy.

The applications were previously approved by DfI on 23 January 2018, however following a legal challenge and a court ruling, the two applications to secure NI’s electricity supply were quashed by the Courts and remitted back to the Department for determination.

Minister Mallon said: “Following the quashing of the previous decision, I have carefully reconsidered the proposal and the up-to-date environmental information and have concluded that planning permission should be granted for the development which remains of strategic importance for our island economy.

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“I have also taken into account the report by the Planning Appeals Commission that included a full consideration of the planning issues and endorsed the significant strategic importance of the development for Northern Ireland and its compliance with planning policy,” she added.

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